HURI Research Fellowships

HURI Research Fellowships are granted to scholars in the middle of their academic career, typically around eight to ten after receiving a PhD and continuing scholarly work.

Questions may be addressed to Megan Duncan Smith, HURI Programs Coordinator, at


The fellowships provide a stipend of $4,400 per month to cover the cost of housing, health insurance, and other living expenses. In addition to the stipend, the awards provide for the cost of direct roundtrip travel to Harvard University.


Requests for residence for periods from three to eight months will be considered; adjustments in the requested time-frame may be made at the time of award. The average tenure for a fellow has been four months, the period of either Harvard's Fall Semester or Spring Semester.


Individuals who hold a doctorate in a field in the humanities or social sciences and who have demonstrated a commitment to Ukrainian studies are eligible to apply. Those individuals who have received their PhD or its academic equivalent (e.g., Kandydat nauk) within the past eight to ten years are especially encouraged to apply for the HURI Research Fellowship. Individuals who are more recent PhDs or have completed and defended their dissertation by the time they submit their application should apply instead for the Mihaychuk Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. 

Important: You must be eligible to receive and maintain a short-term J-1 visa to carry out research on an Institute fellowship. More information can be found at Please also note the two-year national residency requirements, which may apply to you if you recently held a long-term J-1 visa.

Online Fellowship Application

Please note: We will not be accepting applications for academic year 2021-2022. Due to the pandemic and related travel restrictions, 2020-2021 fellowship stays were postponed for one year. We will begin accepting applications for academic year 2022-2023 in the fall of 2021.

HURI is particularly indebted to the Eugene and Daymel Shklar Foundation for their generous support of the Shklar Fellowship program, which ran from academic year 2001-2002 through 2017-2018. HURI Research Fellowships continue the legacy of this program. They are supported by a combination Institute research endowment funds and annual gifts. We are grateful to all those donors who have supported or continue to support scholars' research in Ukrainian studies.